Phoenix City. The newest podcast covering New Zealand football. Phoenix City was founded in July 2015, after the In The Zone podcast ended and a Phoenix sized hole was left in the podcast market.

If you're listening to Phoenix City, you're listening to:

Patrick, the podcast's producer, head honcho and a rubbish referee. He is on Twitter: @patrick478

Cam, also known as Photomac, Yellow Fever's resident photographer. You've probably seen him wearing a bib at Phoenix games. Cam tweets at @NZPhotomac.

Dave, he’s big, he’s bold, and he has Opinions about Football. Twitter: @NZ_Dave

Andy, the podcasts head football analyst. Sadly, he's only half decent at that. He is also on Twitter: @FrostieDaSnowman

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    In The Zone 81 - Only Way Is Up

    In a bumper A-league preview episode of In The Zone, the pod gives you the low down on all the A-league clubs and predicts what we can expect this week in the Phoenix's round one clash with Brisbane Roar. In New Zealand football news, shambles reigns as the All Whites fly out to LA without knowing their opponents, while Darren Bazeley names the lucky 21 youngsters who get to write a cheque for a $1,000 to play at the U17 World Cup.

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    In The Zone 80 - Podcast Pains

    The shambles returns to the podcast this week as the team dissects Wellington Phoenix loss to Auckland City and looks ahead to their final preseason intrasquad game this weekend. Elsewhere, New Zealand Football announces the All Whites schedule for October, Cole Peverley signs for Team Wellington, and Marist and Seatoun trade leagues.

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    In The Zone 79 - Roadievegas

    As the start of the A-league season edges closer, the pod looks back at Phoenix's game against New Zealand A, previews the Auckland City clash, and reflects on expectations for this season ahead. In Kiwi football land, the Football Ferns claim the Valais Cup with wins over Brazil and China. While locally, Palmerston North Marist win promotion into the Central League.

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    In The Zone 78 - Sherminator

    With the pod back to full-strength, they run through the latest in Phoenix news including the signing of Josh Brindell-South, preseason games against the Central League XI and New Zealand A, the new stripey, and the arrival of Huawei as the major sponsor. In New Zealand football news, Andrew Durante is finally declared Kiwi as, while in local football it's a Christchurch double as Cashmere Technical and Coastal Spirit take out the ASB Chatham Cup and Women's Knockout Cup respectively.

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    In The Zone 77 - Mind Ya Feet

    Paul Ifill clips his multi-visit ticket by joining the pod once again to chat Phoenix's win over Sydney. In international football, Ben Sigmund see red as the All Whites melt in the Saudi heat, Mexico looms on the horizon, and Cape Verde put themselves on the football map. Back home, the Chatham Cup reaches its climax as Waitakere City and Cashmere Technical face off in this week's final. While Stop Out travel north to face Palmerston North Marist in the first leg of the Central League playoff.

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    In The Zone 76 - Interviewathon

    In a bumper interview episode Chris Greenacre joins the pod in the Fever Studio, Jeremy Brockie dials in to reflect on his time in Toronto, and Fred de Jong defends NZF's pay to play stance. Elsewhere the All Whites are winging their way to Saudi Arabia, the World Cup Qualifier is all but a sell out, and Miramar Rangers claim the Central League title by the narrowest of margins.

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    In The Zone 75 - Pay to Play

    In the latest episode of In The Zone, the pod looks back at Wellington Phoenix's preseason trip to NSW and ponders who will claim the final squad spots now that Ernie Merrick has passed on Matt Thompson. In Kiwi football news, Ricki Herbert rolls back the clock in naming his squad for the All Whites' trip to Saudi Arabia, and the Young All Whites are asked to pay to represent their country. And in local football, the finalist of the Chatham Cup are found after two comprehensive victories in the semi finals.

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    In The Zone 74 - Garden of Eden

    This week the pod covers the latest Phoenix news, including a tasty preseason fixture against Auckland City, Matt Thompson on trial, and a third away-home game for Eden Park. In Kiwi football news, Winston Reid is mocked by a Fairfax journalist, and the host cities for the 2015 U20 World Cup are announced. While locally, it's Chatham Cup weekend so the pod dials in the coaches of Wellington Olympic and Cashmere Technical.

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    In The Zone 73 - RoF

    This week on In The Zone, New Zealand Football comes to the rescue as the Phoenix find a new opponent for their preseason fixture in Rotorua, while Cameron Lindsay looks to be heading out the door. In other All Whites news, tickets to the World Cup Qualifier are flying out the door, but will it last? Locally, Wellington United are home to the double down, and the Central League title contenders face off this weekend.

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    In The Zone 72 - Jitterbug

    In a slow football week, the pod interviews Phoenix General Manager David Dome to talk recruitment, preseason and away trips. Elsewhere, Kiwis are back in action in overseas' leagues and Sky counters Coliseum. While in local football action, Miramar Rangers have one hand on the Central League title and Wellington United are looking likely for a triple relegation.

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    In The Zone 71 - More kids

    In the latest episode of the almost award winning In The Zone, Paul Ifill joins the pod to talk the latest preseason games, the singing of Reece Caira and Alex Rufer, and CCM pulling the pin on their game with the Phoenix in Rotorua. Meanwhile, World Cup qualification ticket prices are announced and Bill Tuiloma signs with Olympique de Marseille. And locally the pod wraps up all the Chatham Cup quarter final action, and it's tight at the top and bottom of the Central League.

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    In The Zone 70 - In and Outs

    With Smithy back in the hosting chair the pod looks at the latest comings and goings as Solomons, Biss, and Rowe are waved goodbye before the latest preseason game against Miramar Rangers, and Costa Rican Kenny Cunningham is linked to a move to the Wellington Phoenix. In All Whites news, the Futsal Whites get shaken up by Australia in more ways than one, and Brockie cops twitter abuse from Toronto ‘fans’. And locally the team previews the Chatham Cup quarter finals and talks to Melville United's Steve Williams about his team’s prospects against Birkenhead.

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    In The Zone 69 - Giggity

    In a more shambolic episode than usual, this week the pod talks Phoenix preseason in both Porirua and Rotorua, chats briefly with new signing Luke Adams, and discusses the lack of stars in this weekend’s All Stars game. In New Zealand football news, the Futsall Whites are in action against Australia this weekend in Wellington and there are a number of injury concerns for Kiwis overseas. Locally, Miramar pull away at the top of the Central League, Wairarapa expulsion from the Chatham Cup is confirmed, and is racism rife in Wellington?

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    In The Zone 68 - Ask Ernie

    With Smithy away, the pod drafts in Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick to chat preseason, trialists and recruitment. Elsewhere, New Zealand Football CEO Grant McKavanagh hands in his resignation, and Frank van Hattum chats about Wellington being granted the opportunity for another shot for glory. Locally, the last Chatham Cup quarter finalist is found, and Johnathon Gould debuts for Waterside Karori in the Capital Premier League.

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    In The Zone 67 - The Lundy Run

    With Phoenix news going suspiciously quiet in recent weeks, the pod turns their attention to the U20s at the World Cup and question whether we expect too much from our youth sides. While locally, the quarter finalists in the Chatham Cup are almost confirmed, but will the Cavvy Curse or the Lower Hutt luck continue.

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    In The Zone 66 - Cup Drama

    With not much to report in Phoenix land, the pod covers the Junior All Whites in the U20 World Cup, Andrew Durante's eligibility, and Coliseum Sports. While in a bumper Chatham Cup section, the pod chats to Chris Kemp from New Zealand Football to talk illegal players and nails, and to Palmerston North Marist's Simon Lees on their upcoming game against Napier City Rovers.

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    Special Edition - Tim Martin Interview

    The pod chats with Tim Martin, CEO of Coliseum Sports, regarding their recent acquisition of the broadcast rights to the EPL.

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    In The Zone 65 - The Sky Is Falling

    In the longest pod so far, the team reflects on Ernie Merrick's first month in charge, the singing of Lewis Italiano, and the departure of Mal Impiombato. Internationally, Coliseum announce their arrival, Australia confirm their spot at Brazil 2014, and Junior All Whites' coach Chris Milicich dials in from Turkey. While back home, the team has New Zealand's most comprehensive round up of Chatham Cup action.

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    In The Zone 64 - The Axe

    In another bumper episode the pod looks at the axing of five Phoenix players, including foundation player Tony Lochhead, and assesses who will become our new scapegoat. Internationally, Mexico looks shaky in World Cup qualification, Tahiti brace for a shellacking at the Confederations Cup, and the Junior All Whites ship 10 goals in warm up matches. Plus it's Chatham Cup weekend so there is a full preview of Round 3 action including an interview with IBU's James Prosser before their clash with Olympic.

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    In The Zone 63 - The A-Team

    This week the Pod outlines plans for Fever Party Bus V2, chats to Andy Smith and Giovani Fernandes from the APFA after becoming an official youth development partner of Wellington Phoenix, and chuckles at Harry Kewell's predictable return to the A-league. The return of the international segment covers New Zealand A again Jordon, Australia's precarious qualification position, and the latest from CONCACAF. While locally, big names bow out of the Chatham Cup in Round 2.

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    In The Zone 62 - Fixture Fury

    As the off season rolls on, the pod takes a look at the good and the bad of the 2013/14 fixture list, and welcomes the reappointment of Chris Greenacre as assistant coach. In Kiwi football, the pod chats to Jeremy Brockie about his time in Toronto, and predicts a possible All Whites A squad. Locally, there's Central League, Premier League and a Chatham Cup preview including an interview with Naenae's head coach Troy Denton before their 2nd Round clash.

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    In The Zone 61 - Merrackulous

    The pod goes large this week by chatting about, and to, new Phoenix head coach, Ernie Merrick. In New Zealand Football, Auckland City claim their third straight O-league title, and NZF CEO, Grant McKavanagh, answers the tough questions around the inclusion of the U-20s in the ASB Premiership. Locally, there's plenty of controversy in the Central and Premier leagues.

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    Special Edition - Ernie Merrick press conference

    We popped down to the press conference announcing the signing of Ernie Merrick as Wellington Phoenix's head coach.

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    In The Zone 60 - Ifill Good

    This week Paul Ifill joins the pod to discuss anything and everything Wellington Phoenix. Elsewhere there are interviews with Jeremy Brockie and Marco Rojas on their impending moves overseas, and a complete wrap on Chatham Cup round one results.

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    In The Zone 59 - Coaching speculation spectacular

    With the off season grinding on, the pod speculates on the impending announcement of Wellington Phoenix's head coach, examines Jeremy Brockie's loan move to Toronto FC, and ponders how All-Star is the A-league squad to take on Manchester United? In Kiwi football, Marco Rojas is off to Stuttgart, Chris Wood's EPL promotion dream lives on, and Waitakere and Auckland City all but assure their places in the O-League grand final. While locally, the pod previews the first round of the Chatham Cup by chatting to Brandon Bodden, captain of Eastbourne FC.

    Coaching speculation spectacular

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    In The Zone 58 - Flashy boots

    As we enter week two of the longest off season in world football, the pod checks out the three Kiwis who made PFA’s A-league team of year and discusses the merits of Leo Bertos re-signing with Wellington Phoenix. Meanwhile, Auckland City join Waitakere United in the O-league semi-finals, it’s goals, goals, goals in the Central League, allegations of groin grabbing in the Premier League, and the pod gets excited over the Chatham Cup.

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    In The Zone 57 - The Hangover

    This week the pod battles through their hangovers to look at the A-league grand final and the winners from Wellington Phoenix's awards night. Elsewhere, the Young All Whites qualify for the U17 World Cup and Auckland City struggle in the O-league. Back in Wellington, Olympic head the rest in the Central League, while a Capital Premier coach delivers a verbal spray at their ref.

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    In The Zone 56 - Marco Mania

    This week the pod takes a look at the A-league semis as West Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners book themselves a place in the grand finale, reflects on the season's positives for the A-league and the Phoenix, and argue over whether Marco Rojas is truly the best player in the league. In New Zealand football news, the O-league ramps up, Kiwis are in action overseas, and the Junior All Whites are asked to cough up $3,000 for their World Cup preparation. While locally, there is Central and Premier League action.

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    In The Zone 55 - A Glorious Exit

    With no Phoenix news of note, the pod takes a look at the two elimination finals where Perth Glory bowed out in controversial fashion and Adelaide predictably waved goodbye. Back in New Zealand, the O-League's Super City derby sees Auckland trump Waitakere, while Wellington's Central and Premier leagues are underway.

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    In The Zone 54 - Embrace the spoon

    As Wellington Phoenix claim their second wooden spoon thanks to the weekend’s 3-2 loss to Melbourne Victory, the Pod reflects back at the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly in the season that was. The New Zealand football segment looks at the Young All Whites squad for Oceania qualifying, Kiwis abroad, the opening round of the O-league, and the Futsal All Whites. While locally, the season kicks off for most teams in Wellington

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    In The Zone Episode 53

    With the A-league heading into its final round and Wellington Phoenix having a week off, the Pod takes a look at permutation required to #avoidthespoon. Elsewhere, it’s a big week for international football with the All Whites and Junior All Whites are both crowned champions of Oceania with un-emphatic 100% winning records, Australia’s road to Rio hits a speed bump, and the race for CONCACAF qualification is tighter than Welnix. Locally, drought conditions look set to cause havoc with the start of the football season.

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    In The Zone Episode 52

    This week the pod reflects back on the Phoenix's brave attempt to avoid the wooden spoon on the back of a 2-1 victory over Perth Glory, while elsewhere in the A-League, there is more fan violence and offence banners. In New Zealand football, the All Whites head to Dunedin and Waitakere claim their 4th ASB Premiership title in a row. And back in Wellington, the Hilton Petone reaches its climax.

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    In The Zone Episode 51

    This week the pod utilises the bench to discuss the Phoenix's away loss to WSW FFA FC, Lia's best impression of Daniel Narcisse, the Distance Derby, and Greenacre's chance of nabbing the vacant head coaching role. In New Zealand football news, it's insane in the membrane as the Football Ferns claim 3rd spot in the Cyrus Cup, Ryan Nelsen claims his first win, and the ASB Premiership reaches its climax. While the local football segment makes a long awaited return.

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    In The Zone Episode 50

    This week the pod raise their collective bat as they celebrate 50 episodes by grilling Phoenix General Manager David Dome on all things Phoenix, including Ricki’s replacement, the Football School of Excellence, and media hacks. Elsewhere Chris Greenacre chalks up his first win as Melbourne Heart’s away from continues, but what are our chances against the rampant WSW FFA outfit. In New Zealand football news, Herbert names Andrew Durante in his All Whites squad for the upcoming world cup qualifiers, Nelsen makes a losing start to him MLS coaching career, the ASB Premiership is heading towards an all Auckland contest, and four team vie for a place in the ASB Youth league final.

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    In The Zone Episode 49

    As the Phoenix crash to another loss at home, the pod dissects our woes and looks ahead to Sunday's game in Dunedin. Meanwhile, the New Zealand U20s squad is named for qualifiers in Fiji, and there's the usual wrap of Kiwis abroad.


Phoenix City - Ams-strung


P W D L GD Pts
Syd Sydney FC 25 16 5 4 25 53
Mcy Melbourne City 25 13 5 7 10 44
Wel Wellington Phoenix 25 12 5 8 8 41
Bri Brisbane Roar 26 11 7 8 1 40
Per Perth Glory 26 10 7 9 7 37
Wun Western United 24 11 3 10 10 36
Adl Adelaide United 26 11 3 12 -5 36
Wsw Western Sydney 26 9 6 11 -5 33
New Newcastle Jets 25 8 7 10 -11 31
Mvc Melbourne Victory 26 6 5 15 -11 23
Ccm Central Coast 26 5 3 18 -29 18

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